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Do your bit and get tested twice a week

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Updated 21 July: Our campus COVID-19 testing centres will be closing from 23 July, but you can still get regular rapid lateral flow tests at multiple locations across Manchester. Visit the City Council website to find out more.

Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, regular testing is an essential part of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks. Everyone can now access free, rapid lateral flow tests for themselves and their households to use twice a week, you can either test  at home or at our campus testing facilities.

By keeping up with regular testing twice a week, wearing a face covering and social distancing, you can help protect yourselves and those around you too.

Getting tested

We are especially encouraging students who are studying or working on campus to do their bit and take two free rapid COVID-19 tests per week by visiting one of our on-campus testing centres. We recommend you take your tests 3-4 days apart, and continue to test twice weekly until the government advises otherwise.

On-campus testing slots are available 9am-1pm, Monday to Friday, at University Place and Owens Park. If you’re feeling anxious about getting a test, find out what support is available to you. If you are not on campus, you can order an at home testing kit.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay at home and order a PCR home test or book a PCR test at a test centre.The twice-weekly lateral flow tests should only be used if you aren’t showing any symptoms.

Testing means you’ll help prevent the spread of coronavirus and we’ll be able to support you if you need to self-isolate. Testing is just part of the preventative measures against coronavirus, and will need to continue to wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, wash your hands regularly and social distance while on campus and out and about. 


  • You must not attend our testing centre if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have symptoms, you should book through NHS Test and Trace.
  • If you test positive or need to self-isolate, please report it.
  • Further information on testing is available on our website.
  • For guidance on when you need to self-isolate, for how long and practical support information, see self-isolation guidance for students.

Thank you for playing your part. 

You can now get a free coffee with every test that you take from one of the University testing centres! Head down to your nearest testing facility to find out more.

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